KATY MUTTON - THE PICKET SENTINELS
MILDURA ARTS CENTRE
199 Cureton Avenue Mildura
EXHIBITION DATES: 3 NOVEMBER - 16 DECEMBER 2018
OPENING PERFORMANCE: CJ Bowerbird
SOUND DESIGN: Andrew Bennett
The Picket Sentinels is a major installation derived from the Post War Project, which began in 2014. The work explores the physical state of returned servicemen who were allocated blocks of land at Red Cliffs, Victoria, after WWI. The intention is to shift the viewer’s image of man as soldier, to the man (and one woman, a nurse) as survivor. Many ex-servicemen who moved onto the land suffered from long term war related injuries including lung damage, deafness, loss of limbs and psychological trauma.
The Post War Project is an evolving body of creative works by artist Katy Mutton responding to her research into the Australian Soldier Settlement scheme (post WWI). The project commenced in 2014 in line with the beginning of the ANZAC centenary commemorations - the project was borne of a desire to find out more about the survivors of war and the impact this conflict has had on Australian communities. The project research has focused mainly on the community of Red Cliffs in Victoria. On this website you can find information on some of this research and artworks as they have evolved.
Outcomes have included large scale ink drawings and paintings inspired by regional mapping, utilising coding techniques to represent data gained from the research. The research has also been explored through installation works created from a variety of materials including Hardtack biscuits, found timbers, paper, biodegradable polymers and clay. The project has received generous curatorial support from cultural institutions such as the National Library of Australia and The Australian War Memorial, and has grown substantially since its inception.